Carlow University Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Trustees

Carlow University welcomes three new members to its Board of Trustees.

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Fredriksen, Gilworth, and LaMar Added to the Board of Trustees

Pittsburgh, Pa. – At its January board meeting, Carlow University welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees.

“Our three new trustees bring valuable experience and expertise to our board, as well as a passion for Carlow and our community,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University.  “I am excited to welcome them to the board and look forward to working with them to further the mission of the university.”

The new trustees are:

The Hon. Katharine A. Fredriksen, Angel Investor with Next Act Fund, LLC;

Diane Gilworth, APRN, MPH, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Highmark Health;

Martin LaMar, Chief Economic Development Officer, City of Pittsburgh.

The new trustees were seated at the January 24, 2020, meeting.


Editor’s Note:  (Complete bios of each new trustee can be found at the end of the release.)

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

Bios of New Members of the Carlow University Board of Trustees

The Hon. Katharine A. Fredriksen
Angel Investor with Next Act Fund, LLC
Past President, Consol Energy
Past Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy

Katharine Fredriksen has over 25 years’ experience at senior levels of industry and government. She has proven expertise in raising Fortune 500 and 1000 companies’ environmental, safety and governance performance, moving them from bottom to top tier performers in their sectors. Ms. Fredriksen is an active angel investor, investing and guiding entrepreneurs or managed startups, with a particular focus on women owned or led businesses. She is active on civic boards, specializing in governance, audit and finance, for community non profits and endowments, and serves as a trustee for a university.

Ms. Fredriksen is a trusted advisor to boards and executive leadership teams where she is known for her ability to rapidly transform businesses into profitable entities, improving performance in environmental, social and governance metrics, and for positively leading business culture through the management of change.

Ms. Fredriksen is skilled in Executive Leadership, Strategic Planning and Deployment, Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance Oversight, Sustainability, Enterprise Risk Management, Operational Management, Business Process Re-Engineering, Public Speaking and Media Engagement, Business Turnaround, Mergers & Acquisitions/Dispositions, Energy and Environmental Policy, and Governmental Affairs.

Diane L. Gilworth, APRN, MPH

Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Highmark Health

Diane L. Gilworth, APRN, MPH, is senior vice president of clinical services at Highmark Health. She has oversight for case management, utilization management, medical policy/review, and specialty services including pharmacy, behavioral health, transplant, oncology and maternity.

Ms. Gilworth joined Highmark in 2018, relocating from Phoenix, AZ. While in Phoenix, she served at Aetna Medicaid as national executive director of clinical operations and as chief nursing officer. At Aetna, she had oversight for care delivery services, including integrated care management, long-term services/support, utilization management, clinical RFP process and non-traditional credentialing.

A geriatric nurse practitioner specializing in cardiology, Ms. Gilworth has more than 28 years of direct inpatient and ambulatory experience. She developed and operated one of the largest complex chronic care programs in the country at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius while serving as the vice president and director of nursing. During her entire tenure at Harvard Vanguard, Ms. Gilworth also carried a panel of patients in the Complex Chronic Care Program. Her hospital experience includes serving as the director of ambulatory services at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and as the nurse in charge of the coronary care unit at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Ms. Gilworth received her Master of Adult/Geriatric Nursing, Advanced Practice Degree at Simmons College in Boston; a Master of Public Health from Boston University; and a BSN from Montana State University. She has specialty certifications in critical care nursing from Parkland Hospital in Dallas and advanced bioethics from Georgetown University.

Ms. Gilworth developed and taught a course on CHF for the Simmons graduate nursing program after she completed her Advanced Practice Degree.

Martin LaMar

Chief Economic Development Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Marty LaMar and his wife Dena moved to Pittsburgh five years ago when he joined McCormack Baron Salazar, a community and urban redevelopment/real estate company, as Regional Vice President.  Mr. LaMar was responsible for a $1B portfolio at McCormack.  The Mayor’s office recently announced that Mr. LaMar was joining the city as Chief Economic Development Officer.  See the following link for the Post-Gazette story dated December 18, 2020:

Since arriving in Pittsburgh, both Marty and his wife Dena have become very active in the community.  They both serve on the Pittsburgh Opera Board; Marty is also on the board of the Urban League.

Mr. LaMar is a graduate of Alabama A&M University where he earned a BA in Finance, the University of Washington where he received a Master’s in Social Policy and Public Administration, and Brenau University in Georgia where he earned an MBA.

The LaMars have declared a great affection for the city of Pittsburgh and plan to make it their permanent home.  Mr. LaMar was cultivated to the board by Michele Atkins.  His nomination has been approved by the Trusteeship Committee and is put before the board for approval.

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